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Grunwald looking forward to Moto3™ debut

German prospect Luca Grunwald is looking forward to his first Moto3™ World Championship season. After several previous attempts, the 19-year-old rider from Waldkraiburg now gets the chance to step up the mark as he rides a Kalex KTM for the German Kiefer Racing Team.

Grunwald has won two German Championship titles in the small classes - one on 125cc two-stroke machinery and the other in the national Moto3 championship. After failing to raise funds for a rise to the world stage several times, Grunwald rode in the German national Supersport Championship last year, taking four podiums on his way to seventh place overall.

"I have finally got the chance to show what I am capable of", Grunwald commented at the Sachsenkrad Motor Bike Show in Dresden, Germany last weekend.

"I mean, I always gave my everything, but now it’s pretty different. I’ll try to up the game concerning my fitness programme and I’ll find a solution to some problems I sometimes have with my back. But in the end it all is the same: it’s a new championship for me and it’s a new motorbike, but it is still about riding it."

Grunwald was already involved with the Kiefer Racing Team last year, when he raced in the Australian and Japanese Grands Prix as a replacement rider. Later on in the season he took part in the final two races of the Spanish CEV championship with his former Team Freudenberg in order to get used to the ‘little’ machinery in Moto3 once again. "I am now looking forward to some real tests," he continues. "It will be the 2013 Kalex KTM and we are going to go through all of the details in order to understand the bike and to find a suitable setup for me."

Grunwald represented the Sachsenring Grand Prix at the Show, signing autographs, posting for pictures and answering many questions. He also took part in the Jury of a Grid Girl contest. His first test of the season is set to go ahead on 6 February at Almeria, Spain.

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Moto3, 2014, Kiefer Racing

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